Sopwith Motorsports and Rocksteady Racing teamed up for a third place finish at the World Racing League’s 16-hour endurance race at Texas World Speedway on May 30th and 31st.
With support from Impact Racing, McGunegill Engines and Boschett Timepieces, the team’s MX-5 logged 403 laps at the legendary track in what turned out to be one of the largest amateur racing events of 2015. Nearly one hundred race teams registered for the event with 93 of them taking the green flag on Saturday morning.
Rocksteady team owner Todd Carver and crew chief Chris Mills chose to put Stephen Cox in the cockpit for the first stint. After three hours the team was in 12th place overall and 4th among GP3 teams. Rocksteady drivers Jim Rowland, Brian Beasley and Carver continued the progress, getting the team inside the top ten overall and as high as 2nd in class by day’s end.
Despite brake problems, tire issues and a failing wheel cylinder on Sunday, the team stayed among the class and overall leaders throughout the second day’s 7-hour stage. Cox again started the day for the team, with Carver bringing the car to the checkered flag in third position late on Sunday afternoon.
The result is another successful step for Rocksteady Racing, which earned its first-ever podium on a big stage at one of America’s best known super speedways.
For Cox, the race is his fourth podium in the last six road course outings, including one win and setting fast lap for the race in two more. Cox returns to action at Nelson Ledges Race Complex in July for another WRL-sanctioned 16-hour event.
Highlights of Sopwith/Rocksteady Racing in the WRL’s endurance race at Texas World Speedway